What constitutes cohabitation?

I recently was asked about whether a spouse must continue to pay alimony to his ex-wife now that she has apparently moved in with a co-worker of hers.  Here is the full question: Divorced 3 years, paying alimony, ex was renting a duplex for about 2 years, purchased a 4 bedroom 3 bath house to … Read more

How will the Housing Market affect divorce rates?

Several years ago, the bursting housing bubble had a profound effect on the psychology of couples that were thinking about divorce.  Divorce is a stressful enough decision, and when you pile on the effect of a house that you can’t sell, then you have a volatile situation.  Luckily (if you can really say that about … Read more

How to divide retirement assets in a divorce

I came across a good article today that outlines how different retirement benefits could be divided in the event of a divorce. Here is a brief rundown of some of the topics discussed: What to do before you divorce – Get a copy of the summary plan description from the employer How to split up … Read more

Texas Attorney General says Gay Couple can’t Divorce

A couple that was married in Massachusetts has attempted to get a divorce in Dallas.  The judge granted the divorce, a decision which Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promptly appealed.  Abbot claims that since Texas doesn’t recognize gay marriage, then it can’t recognize gay divorce either.  The Court of Appeals has decided to hear … Read more

Your Spouse wants the house – What if you are the only one on the Mortgage?

A common dilemma for many divorcing couples is how to handle the house.  In most cases, this is the largest asset that must be divided, and the mortgage is often the largest debt to be divided.  With the recent housing bubble, many couples have seen their house plummet in value, leading to decreased equity and … Read more

Taxes and Divorce

As tax day has now come and gone, it probably would have been better for me to have written on this topic several weeks ago, but as I was hard at work on my own taxes, I didn’t get a chance to!  So, perhaps you will come across this post in 2011, before you file … Read more

My Ex left the state – Now What?

I recently wrote about what happens when your spouse leaves with the kids.  This post is more geared towards situations where your ex leaves in violation of an existing custody order.  What do you do then?  I’m sorry to say that this is a situation that happens way too often, normally, but not always, where … Read more